It’s five o’clock in the morning, and I have yet to get one second of sleep. But I’m pretending like I slept the whole night, and I’ve already had my first cup of coffee. That’s not the only thing I’ve done this morning though… I’ve enjoyed some time in God’s word and writing in my prayer journal!
It’s one of those “basics” of Christianity. If you want to grow in your walk with the Lord, you’ve got to be in His Word. But I’m afraid that all too often it becomes one of those things that’s on our to do list, and we do it just to check it off our list and move on to the next thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we’re doing it. But have we gotten to the point where we are just going through the motions? Are we seeing growth in our lives through our time with Him? Are we trusting Him more, knowing Him more… sharing Him more?
As part of the girls night Bible study I have been leading, we have been studying the importance of living in the Spirit and in the Word. The past study really challenged me to fall in love with God’s Word again.
This past week Mike wanted to take a trip to Golf Galaxy, and I knew we would be there for at least two hours. (It’s like Target for us girls, only it’s for dudes who seriously love golf.) It just so happened that I found a Family Christian store in the adjoining shopping mall. What?! How had I not found this sooner! At any rate, Mike dropped me off, and I got to browse the store for a couple hours. For someone who LOVES books and God too, this was a happy day – especially because I also knew I didn’t have to wander around a golf store for two hours!
While there, I found the most wonderful journal, and it has transformed my time with God. On the inside cover, there are suggested study themes for different weeks. You can pick and choose when you want to do each theme. The pages of the journal are filled with a verse on each page, a place for the date, the passage of the day’s reading, and the following questions with room to journal after each one.
1. What word or phrase in today’s reading speaks to your heart?
2. How does today’s reading directly relate to your life right now?
3. How is God calling you to respond to what you’ve read today?
4. Your own additional thoughts/meditations?
Why am I sharing this? I have tried many different forms of Bible study and devotional time over the past 22 years of walking with the Lord. This, by far, has been my favorite.
First of all, I love it because I have a plan for the week. It’s not a plan for a year or a month. It’s for the week, and I can change it up the next week according to what I want to study.
Secondly, I love that I have to get specific about what I’m reading and how I’m going to apply it. I find myself meditating on what I read that day much more. And, I already see growth in my life. Awesome.
So, if you’re looking for a refresh on your time with the Lord, how about trying it out? You don’t even have to get a journal right now if money is tight, just type up a sheet and use it every day. I’d love to hear how it works for you or other ways you have of studying God’s word and applying it to your life.